Poll shows players want to play ball

The NBA playoffs would be reaching its pinnacle in every other year, but right now the league is preparing to step back on the court to resume the 2019-20 season.



May 13, 2020 - 10:23 AM

Lakers’ forward LeBron James has been one of the players leading the charge for the season to return. Photo by Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times/TNS

MIAMI (AP) — A person familiar with the results of poll of NBA players taken by their union says there would be “overwhelming” support for any plan that has this season resuming in a safe way amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The poll conducted by the National Basketball Players Association was informal but gave a clear sense that players would like to not only get to the playoffs but also resume at least some of the regular season, according to the person who shared details with The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because it was not to be detailed publicly.

The exact results of the poll were unknown, and the methodology behind the poll — including how many players participated — was unclear.

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